Over the past four years the Waterways Storymaking Festival has offered a chance for people all over Northern Ireland to reflect and connect in a deeper way to the unique beauty of our waterways. With the continuing support of the Arts Council NI, the festival this year will run through the first six months of 2022, offering an opportunity to share with each other thoughts, reminiscences or pure flights of fantasy on the theme of “Waterways”.

Submissions to the 2022 festival competition are welcome from all ages and abilities. You can enter by filling in the simple form on this psge. The deadline for all categories is 4th March 2022.

Festival competition categories this year are:

  • Poetry of 30 lines or less
  • Short stories of 500 words or less
  • Photography.

Age categories are 11 and under, 12-17, 18 and over

You can catch up with the beautiful photographs, poems and short stories from last year on the festival Facebook page @waterwaysstorymakingfestival.

Last year’s festival was 100% online, but this year we are going hybrid if possible, with both face to face and online events.

The 2022 Festival programme has funding for some online workshops lead by experienced local writers to spark some inspiration and encourage people of all abilities to get involved. Workshops will be running until the end of February 2022. Anyone wanting to book sessions should email Maire Gaffney maire@thewaterwayscommunity.org

Judging will take place in March and April and we will be videoing the shortlists again this year to broadcast at the final awards event and afterwards on Facebook and You Tube as a permanent record of the talent of the shortlisted writers and photographers.

The final event will be in June 2022, and we will be announcing more details in the spring.

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If you would like to enter the festival competition, fill in the entry form below and we will get in touch with you.

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If you need some support with your submission just email maire@thewaterwayscommunity.org or message us on the Facebook page: VIEW NOW

If you need some inspiration:

Take a look at the Inspiration Page for videos, photos and sound recordings to fire up your imagination: VIEW NOW

Watch the shortlist videos of the 2020/21 Festival and check out the Facebook Live Awards Event in 2021, hosted by our beloved TV presenter John Daly:


All work to be entered in the competitions can be done whilst in isolation or during social distancing with our support and submitted on line by the author/creators themselves or friends.

Aghagallon Tapestry Workshop 1